Home décor stores have great items in vivid colours and interesting shapes, but that unique custom-made look often comes with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores sell new and gently used home décor, furnishings, and building supplies at a fraction of the retail costs.
Don’t settle for drab instead of fab. Save hundreds of dollars on a new or gently used piece of accent furniture by repurposing them with some paint, a healthy sense of adventure, and these easy-to-follow tips.
- Consider the piece, not colour: If you’re checking out old furniture that’s collecting dust in your basement, keep an eye out for shapes that would work for you. Changing the colour of an end table is easy, but you can’t change its bones.
- Get out that sandpaper: If you want to paint anything that’s wood, always lightly sand it first. This allows the paint to stick better to that vintage chair or table.
- A little detail goes a long way: Making small changes, like replacing doorknobs, can instantly freshen up any item. Get as funky as you want for just a few dollars by checking out Habitat’s ReStores, garage sales, and vintage shops for one-of-a-kind finds.
- Think outside the box (and your own stuff): Don’t have something you can transform? Consider picking up a new-to you vintage treasure that may not need as much work as that dresser you’ve had since elementary school.
As a bonus, if you shop at Habitat’s ReStore between now and October 31, Swiffer will donate $1 to Habitat for every transaction to celebrate ReStore’s 25th anniversary! As well, you’ll get a free Swiffer Duster, while supplies last.